After hacking into the Truecaller database last month, the Syrian Electronic Army has targeted The New York Times, Huffington Post and Twitter. The attacks saw SEA get access to the website’s registry accounts and alter contact details and DNS records. The hacker group claimed credit for the hacks in a series of Twitter messages. Modifying DNS records of a domain will allow SEA to redirect visitors to any site of their choosing. For those unfamiliar, a DNS record is what translates the readable domain name (like watblog.com) into an IP address that connects to a web server.
The Syrian Electronic Army which supports Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, was responsible for attacks on the Guardian, Washington Post and AP earlier this year. The S.E.A. first emerged in May 2011, during the first Syrian uprisings, when it started attacking a wide array of media outlets and nonprofits and spamming popular Facebook pages like President Obama’s and Oprah Winfrey’s with pro-Assad comments.
New York Times reported the hack in a post on the site. The Huffington Post attack was limited to the blogging platform’s U.K. web address. On its website, Twitter said its domain registration provider “experienced an issue in which it appears DNS records for various organizations were modified,” including the twimg.com domain it uses to host images. The original domain record for that site has since been restored, and no user information was affected, it said. According to reports The New York Times website briefly displayed an SEA-themed message on its main page However,at the time of writing this article, the NYT.com was running smoothly.
There has been a noticeable rise in hacking attacks on social media site and news portals. Last week Pune Traffic Police, local NGO Janwani.org and state-owned telecom operator Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) were hacked by Pakistani group of hackers.
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